New portfolio of aromas and technological solutions gives the flavor, juiciness and texture of meat to vegetable proteins, offering the best sensorial experiences for consumers of plant-based foods
In connection with global market movements that confirm the growing interest of consumers in plant-based products, Duas Rodas, a national leader in the manufacture of flavors and ingredients for the food and beverage industries, presents the Plant Based Solutions technological platform, which allows bringing the flavor, juiciness and texture of meat to vegetable proteins.
According to Mintel, meat flavor is an important purchase factor for 44% of Brazilians who consume meat substitutes (data from 2019). This growing audience is made up of people who adopt diets such as vegan and vegetarian, and by “flexitarians”, consumers who are looking for the occasional substitution of meat for plant-based products, as they consider them natural and nutritious.
While searching for health and well-being in food, consumers are not willing to give up the odor, taste and texture attributes of traditional foods. “This has been a great technical and sensorial challenge for the food companies, considering the characteristics of the plants, which are quite different from those of meat. To meet this growing market demand, we invested in the union of technology, research and studies by our multidisciplinary team of flavor specialists to develop the Plant Based Solutions portfolio, which makes it possible to bring the flavor, texture and juiciness of meat to hamburgers with vegetable protein, meeting the sensorial expectations of consumers,” says Steven Rumsey, Director of Innovation and Technology at Duas Rodas.
The new Plant Based Solutions brings together aromas and condiments, which give a flavor similar to beef, with hints of grilled and roasted meat, onion, garlic and black pepper. Technologies such as bioprocess have been used to translate the authenticity of meat flavor, from natural sources.
The portfolio also has a Tasteful Technologies flavor modulator that acts directly on the “off notes” unwanted by consumers from soy and pea proteins, in addition to solutions for juiciness and texture, with technology developed exclusively to increase the texture of plant based products.
“Knowing the consumer deeply, understanding the trends of food in the future, as well as their needs and desires today, led us to believe and invest in this line that offers complete solutions to the food industry, and those who use our technology will be a step ahead of its competitors and closer to serving a slice of the market that only tends to grow,” reinforces the Marketing Manager of Duas Rodas, Paulo Fernando Roquette Mokarzel.
Present in more than 30 countries, Duas Rodas has been operating for more than 94 years in the manufacture of ingredients for the food and beverage industries in Brazil and abroad. With more than 10,000 customers, the company has a portfolio of around 3000 items divided into three major markets: Flavors, including flavors, natural extracts, dehydrated products, condiments and additives and integrated solutions; Food Service, with products such as ice cream, chocolate, confectionery and bakery, under the brands Specialitá, Selecta and Mix; and Animal Nutrition, with animal nutrition ingredients from the Statera brand. A Brazilian leader in the manufacture of flavors and products for the food and beverage industry, Duas Rodas was founded by German immigrants in Santa Catarina, where it still operates today. The company currently has two other factories in Brazil (Sergipe and São Paulo), four in Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico), as well as seven research and development centers and one Innovation Center. Sustainability is one of the company’s strategies, which has products with international Kosher, Halal, Organic Products and Fair for Life certifications, in addition to FSSC 22000 and SMETA.